[Grammar] Confused...

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lovecindy

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Hi, there.
I have difficulty in doing some grammar exercises.
1) I have got three weeks' holiday. or
I have got a three weeks' holiday.
2) a friend of my father or a friend of my father's
3) I want to be useful for our country. or
I want to be useful to our country.
Thanks a lot.:)
 

5jj

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Hi, there.
I have difficulty in doing some grammar exercises.
1) I have got three weeks' holiday. Fine or
I have got a three weeks' holiday. I'd drop the s' here and hyphenate 'three-week'. Then it's fine.
2) a friend of my father or a friend of my father's. The latter. Also: 'a friend of mine', not [STRIKE] a friend of me[/STRIKE].
3) I want to be useful for our country. or
I want to be useful to our country. I'd go for the second. The first sounds unnatural to me.
Thanks a lot.:)

fjj
 

TheParser

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Hi, there.
I have difficulty in doing some grammar exercises.
1) I have got three weeks' holiday. or
I have got a three weeks' holiday.
2) a friend of my father or a friend of my father's
3) I want to be useful for our country. or
I want to be useful to our country.
Thanks a lot.:)

***** NOT A TEACHER *****


Cindy,

You probably know this, but if you do not, I thought that you

would like this quotation from our president John F. Kennedy:

Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what

you can do for your country.


***** NOT a teacher *****
 
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